Sunday, August 31, 2008


I'm a Great-Aunt!
My nephew's wife had a girl =) Her name is Isabelle...after my mother-in-law, and it's also my first dd's middle name. She's so cute! Pictures are below...
Go ahead and scroll down, but then come back up here so I can tell you about this card!! lol.

I decided to check today's Inspiration Challenge over on SCS and it was a FANASTIC one! There's a hotel online that has a different artistic theme in every room--there's a ton of inspiration to draw from there! SO, I went with # 506, which was designed by a Swiss Illustrator, Benjamin Gudel. His theme is "Heidi." The colors were perfect for a baby card. This card will fit into a regular 'letter-size' envelope and measures 6.5"x3.5"
  • STAMPS: (all stamps from ATS): Olivia's Birdies & Scenery Set (Sugarplum); Bear Hugs (Itzie Inkies by CC Designs)
  • PAPER: SU! Soft Sky; Celery; White; CTMH Pink
  • ACCESSORIES: 1/16" hole punch; white gel pen; slot punch (for scallops); soft sky ribbon; glue dots; sponges; watercolor pencils (my cheapy ones from Bi-Mart--best $4.99 I ever spent!); aqua painter; dimensionals (for birds); Alpha Punch-Outs by Colorbok

OK...Here's Baby "Belle" everyone:


Saturday, August 30, 2008

A {masculine} 2,4,6,8 Acetate Box

(**please read the note at the bottom of this post**)
Happy Saturday!! Well, it's taken me all week to finally post this--a masculine version of the box I made on Monday this week. We found out that my girls both will have female teachers, but I already had this male box in mind, so I decided to go with a theme for my boss as a "welcome back" gift--he's away for 2 weeks, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail here in Oregon.

While the girls and I were at the store, we stood in front of the huge array of gourmet coffee beans, trying to decide which one to fill his box with. After about 15 minutes and half a dozen "sniffings" we finally decided to go check out the sugar-free candies instead (he's diabetic). This is what I came up with:
I made my box taller than the instructions said, in case I decided to put beef jerky sticks in there ;) so I cut the acetate at 6" tall. The base and top are normal, 2" square. I used copper cardstock (SU!) and paper pierced holes all the way around and then added some rustic brads. Wasn't sure to go with a bow for a guy, but it looked incomplete without it and after IS chocolate brown! Then I made a 2 1/2" square card to go along with the theme using my Lovely As a Tree set (SU!). So, whatcha think?
Maddy's Project
If you like what you see, please leave them a comment--it would really make their day!! ;) Thanks!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Olivias 2,4,6,8 Teacher Box

This little cutie was the TLC challenge on SCS last Monday, which was to create this little acetate gift box! This was soo much fun to make. I just received my Olivia stamp set and tried her out for this "teacher" gift. The candy worked perfectly too, because the dp has apples and cherries all over it, and I found little boxes of Appleheads® and Cherryheads®--yum! I think one of my daughter's will have a male teacher this year, so I'll have to start thinking how I can make this into a manly box--I'm so not good with "boy stuff"....but it'll be fun trying! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A {MDC} Sketch Challenge

I have a couple things to show you today. The first is this card I made for the Mothers and Daughter Creations (MDC) challenge blog. The front looks like the sketch, but I made it into a [sort of] gate-fold card. The piece with the horse is folded and slides under the front left panel for the message. The circle scallop element is perfect for holding the horse panel shut! Maria Levine came up with this sketch and it's really great for this kind of card (Thanks, Maria!) Here's my card open:

Here's my supply list:

  • STAMPS: MDC "Mustangs"; SU! "Riveting"
  • PAPER: SU! Black, White, Grey, Pretty in Pink, light pink dp; Cloud 9Design's "Bloomin' Love" from the Sweetheart Collection
  • ACCESSORIES: watercolor pencils; Aqua Painter; Martha Stewart border punch; SU!'s circle scallop punch & corner punch; silver brads; circle punch; paper piercing tools

And then I thought I'd show you a fun day we had this week at the lake with the girls. (Made it into a slideshow so the pics wouldn't take up too much room here on my blog.)

EDITED: although my slideshow is very short, I can't get it to load here, so I will give you link to the show on Photobucket-- (it loads almost instantly there) for those of you interested in going thru the trouble just to see pics of my cuties! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

An {ATS-14} Sketch Challenge

Remember this set? I L♥VED it when I saw it in the SU! catty and just had to have it. Unfortunately it's been used very little. Sad This dp totally makes me think of gumballs and cupcake I started out with that in mind, but somehow ended up with popcorn to match the Saffron color in the paper. Anyway, here's the link to All That Scraps challenge blog.

I cut out the machine and mounted it with thick foam tape (out of pop dots). I also used my silver gellroll pen for the metal peices--see how it sparkles? The saying would've been clearer if I stamped it down just slightly, but at least it's in black and still readable. Not sure I'm too happy with the overall card, but it'll do...especially with a bag of microwave popcorn. ☺
  • STAMPS: Treat Yourself (SU!)
  • PAPER: Certainly Celery; Bashful Blue; and dp (SU!)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A {Cupcake} Shaped Card and an RAK

Today was Happy Mail Day!! My friend Abra Leah sent me SU!'s new catty, along with some cute stamped images and a little 3x3" (? not sure what you call it?) diagonal fold card!! SOO CUTE!! Thanks so much, Abra Leah!! I thumbed through the new catty and when I came across this huge cupcake STAMP, the idea popped into my head to trace it and make it into a shaped card!! (am I allowed to do that? lol) It folds at the bottom and top, and the flower shape on the front holds the top shut. Here's what it looks like inside:

and here it is open:
I used some of last year's designer paper (SU!) and used my crimper on the bottom part to make it look like the *liner*. I sponged some bashful blue around the *frosting* layer, added some depth to my cherry, and sponged the inside piece as well. This would be super cool to have the actual stamp and then stamp the inside with the words that come on the cupcake stamp. The candles on the front have yellow stickles for flames, and of course I HAD to add the Dazzling Diamonds on the frosting for "sprinkles" :) Flirty 2

Here's what I got in the mail today:
**B.T.W. are any of you having a hard time trying to get your kids back on a bedtime schedule for school? Some of you have already started...ours starts in 2 weeks.

Monday, August 18, 2008

A {Blog Candy} Sketch Challenge...

Trina's hosting a blog candy sketch challenge that will run until September 5!! Go check it out...she's offering lots of really cute Sugar Nellie stamped images, papers, clear stamp sets, ribbons and more!

I have a different set of Sugar Nellies than she has, but I LOVE all of them!! So, yes, you are in competition, LOL. You can enter as many times as you'd like, as long as you enter a different card each time. OH, and you don't have to use any particular stamps...just follow the sketch!

I used my Sugar Nellie stamp called "Picking Apples," (designed by the lovely Elizabeth Bell). This one pretty much has the "works." I can't think of many more things I could do to this without it looking way over-done. I put sparkly gellroll pens in her bow on the hat, I sewed all 3 layers together using light pink thread and sewing machine. I used mostly my ink pads and an aqua painter to color this image because the dp matched pretty closely with Cranberry Crisp, Mellow Moss, and Certainly Celery. The punch is a Martha Steward flower border punch, which I used on both sides of my middle layer and then tied ribbon around it.

Thank you for your prayers and well wishes for my brother-in-law. They put a stint in and he is expected to go home soon--although he'll be out of work for a little while and has kids still in H.S. and college. Pray for a quick recovery and that God provides the finances needed.

What is with this wierd weather?? It was 108 degrees here yesterday in Central Oregon, and today it's storming--bad thunder and lightening. *sigh* I can't wait for FALL!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Faith is Healing

Just found out today that my Brother-in-law had a heart attack when he was out pulling weeds. I didn't have a card on hand, but I came across Julie's Color Concoction #21 today which was:
  • Not Quite Navy
  • Baja Breeze (new In-Color)
  • Garden Green
I don't have any of the In-Colors yet, but it's okay to substitute something that's close, so I used Soft Sky for that middle color. This was really pretty easy to make, although the first one I threw in the circular file. I stamped the trees with NQN onto the Soft Sky cardstock. Then I masked the trees and sponged on the GG for grass and NQN for the sky. I left the middle of the trees plain, so it looks like light behind the trees (somewhat?). Then, I used a water pen and just went over the trees slightely to make the blue darker and bleed just a tad. The brads are actually green and shiny, which is why (I think?) the light shone on them weird, but they are green!

For the sentiment...well, I don't have a lot of sentiments for sympathy or get well, so I turned to my trusty Bible, which I always have in my craft room, and found a verse I liked "...and the prayer offered in FAITH will RESTORE the one who is sick, and the LORD will raise him up..." James 5:15. I changed the font to a NQN blue and printed it out onto my SS cardstock. What do ya think?
  • STAMPS: Lovely As A Tree (SU!)
  • PAPER: Soft Sky; Not Quite Navy (SU!)
  • ACCESSORIES: paper piercing tool and mat; ticket corner punch; computer and printer for sentiment; sponges and classic ink pads; aqua painter

A {Hooty} Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge

I'm so happy to finally be able to participate in "A Spoon Full of Sugar"s weekly challenge! This week's is to create a Hidden Message. I have to admit that I had to handwrite my saying, but I think it turned out kinda cute!! Here's the inside:

I used my Giga Scallop Circle punch to punch out the very vanilla c.s. which my owls were stamped on (vanilla went better with my flowers on the front). Then, I folded a piece of the dotted paper (lightweight) in half and ran most of that through my punch, leaving about 3 scallops unpunched so that the fold line would still be there. Then I attached my owls to the front of the folded piece and taped the back of it to the top of my chocolate satin ribbon. The rest you can look below to see my supplies ;o) Thanks for looking!
  • STAMPS: Rachelle Anne Miller™ (Lily & Milo collection)
  • PAPER: Taken with Teal; Really Rust; Very Vanilla; DCWV's Retro Pack
  • ACCESSORIES: SU! markers; Aqua Painter; sponges; paper for making owls; Spots & Dots Cuttlebug™ folder; Martha Stewart punch; satin ribbon; paper flowers with brads from the Dollar Tree!


Friday, August 15, 2008

Hope It's a HOOT!

Can you guess who the designer of these adorable owls is?It's the lovely Rachelle Anne Miller, of course! I know owls are all the rave this year, and I was not going to jump on that bandwagon, but when I saw these cute hooters, I couldn't resist buying them.

My mom and dad are celebrating their 41st anniversary next week, and I was so excited to use these owls so I did! Although, I don't have any owl-y sayings, so I typed one up on my computer. It prolly goes best with birthday cards, but I just couldn't come up with a "whooo" saying that fit the ocassion. Anyway, the hearts in the corner are eyelets--they're hard to keep straight before pounding them in. ;)

OH!!!! Did you notice my new watermark on this card? The lovely Kelly (littlekel) created this for me and I just LOVE it!! Some of you know I've been fiddling with one for a while but I just couldn't get it using my software. THANKS Kelly!!! You are such a sweetie!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A {Tweety} Thank You

Here's the card I came up with to send to my top commentors this week. Hopefully you've all gotten yours by now as I mailed them on Monday.
I used the "Stylized Flowers" set by ACWP, and also the "Riveting" set by SU! and the birdie is actually from the "Big Backyard" set (also by ACWP). Each of the blue flowers has stickles for centers--you can't see that in the pictures. The colors are chocolate chip and soft sky (SU!).
In case you didn't read that post, I added a "Top 10 Commenters" widget to my sidebar last week and I decided to make everyone in that list a card and send them my favorite stamped images--6 different Sugar Nellies, just as a way to express my thanks for taking the time to leave me wonderful comments regularly. The list will, no doubt, change from time to time, and I will plan to do this again some time, so thanks again girls--I really appreciate you!!
I stamped all the images with Black Stazon ink so you can watercolor if you choose to. =)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

An Altered Item Challenge

I came across "Little C's Weekly Challenge #3" a few days ago and thought I'd take a stab at it, so I turned this Almond Rocca can...

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Here's how it came about:
Today was "all about the girls" day. I took them to town (an hour away) and went shopping for school clothes. I picked up a really cool pad of pre-cut alphabet letters that are in prints (9200 letters in the pack!) at Wally's for only $8.98!! and 2 spools of ribbon. That's all I got for myself *patt myself on the back* As we were making our way to the kids clothing, I walked right by an end stand with the Cuttle Kids machine--only $15!! and they had packs of dies for only $3!! Too kewl to pass up. (Oh, and btw...we DID buy the school clothes too!)
So we got home and the girls played with this thing for a couple hours! SERIOUSLY--they LOVE it!

Then, my youngest came out of her room with this empty Almond Rocca can that her dad gave her to put "stuff" in months ago, and she was sticking her animals that they cuttlebugged into it.
SO, Light Bulb 2ding ding ding--I got the idea to alter the can for Jen's challenge!! So while the kids played and cut animals out, I decorated the can. The letters on the can are just some of the ones that came in the new pack. There are 3 different sizes in each of the designs--there's a ton of them! Really good deal!!

OH YA, I had to add a couple of their animals they made onto their can--after all, it is THEIR can!! :) Here's a close up:

And here's the top of the lid:
Oh, and here's all their animals they made with it today!!

(there's monkeys, turtles, butterflies and a whale (all done with just the turtle die==Now THAT'S CREATIVE!!), and then there's catepillars and other bugs with party hats on them, etc. Thanks for looking!